The SoFlo Scoop: Ex-NFL star found dead in jail cell; Florida senator uses racial slurs; Water system renovation in Pembroke Pines

2017-04-20T20:49:25+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Roundups|

Good Morning South Florida! Today is Thursday April 19. Miami is expected to have a high of 80 and a low of 71 while Key West will have a high of 80 and a low of 73. Fort Lauderdale will have a high of 81 and a low of 71, while Naples will have a high of 85 and a low of 65, with some showers. Time to get smart fast:

  • Former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez apparently committed suicide in his prison cell on Wednesday, officials say. The 27-year-old hung himself just after a week of being acquitted for a separate murder case. Correction Department spokesman Christopher Falle  said that he had “no reason to believe Hernandez would hang himself” but if he did, he would have transferred him to a mental health unit. 7 News Miami
  • In a private after-party conversation between Florida senators Frank Artiles, Audrey Gibson and Perry Thurston, Artiles used racial slurs and insults. Reports say the senator used variations of the “n-word” and obscene language. Senator Artiles later apologized after Senate President Joe Negron found out about the incident. 7 News Miami
  • The city of Pembroke Pines wants to discuss its plans to ensure water safety. After the state health department discouraged the city from telling its residents that its water is safe, many citizens have made officials plan to discuss this issue at a meeting. Many people who may be pregnant or have a weaker immune system has to first check with their doctor before drinking the water, according to city officials. Sun-Sentinel
  • Pandora World from the movie Avatar is coming to Disney in late May. Disney released images of the ever growing land at Animal Kingdom. One of the biggest additions to the park will feature stunning landscapes and visuals extracted from the original movie and will also have two new rides. Local 10
  • Miami’s Omni Community Redevelopment Agency is considering selling the brand new, publicly owned, Viacom studio. Out of the 10-year lease with EUE Screen Gems, not even two years have passed; however, the agency wants to get out of the agreement. Miami Herald

— Kanane Chatila, South Florida News Service